Just like professional athletes building up their physical strength or chefs learning to cook gourmet dishes you have to train your brain muscles regularly in order to maximise your output. In order to achieve this I have composed a series of short writing exercises to complete at your own leisure.
So you have an idea? Great, now what?
I’ve said it before and I will say it again, ideas are the easy part. It’s putting pen to paper that is the challenging bit; what seems like a great idea in theory is proving somewhat challenging to actually put down in words. We’ve all been there at three am banging our heads against the table but my advice to you is this, to simply put the pen down and walk away.
Sometimes it’s easy to forget that for newbies to writing there are words or phrases that you’ll never have come across before that make you want to tear your hair out in frustration. Today I’m going to discuss all the fancy terms used in writing that you were too afraid to ask.
Here we are going to finish discussing how to structure your screenplay. We’ve reached the exciting part now where it’s all action and consequences for our beloved protagonist!
Apologies for the delay in posting but I have a special two parter post for you today to make up for it!
As it’s National Lazy Day I decided to have a break from writing and post some pictures instead but I will be back in full form tomorrow to discuss How to Structure Your Screenplay (Jargon free)!
We all have a past and with it secrets we would rather forget. Sometimes though these things have a way of coming out. The same is true for your protagonist but the trick is learning how to drip feed this information slowly and when necessary rather than dump your reader with an overload of information they will barely skim over.
Look, everybody needs a friend. As tempting as it may be to make your protagonist travel solo with no one to drag them down the chances are you’ll need someone to act as a secondary character for you (unless you’re brave enough to be rewriting Cast Away then disregard this immediately).
We all have feelings, interests, special abilities and flaws. Nobody is perfect but isn’t it all those imperfections that makes you… well you?
We have all faced conflict in our lives. From an argument with a friend to debating whether or not to take that £10 note you found on the floor you have probably faced conflict in some shape or form. It is conflict that drives us forward and the same is true for your manuscript.